There’s a story arc in progress at XKCD (part 1, part 2, part 3) which reminded me of Steven’s post from last week. In a nutshell, the stay at home mom next door is actually a super hacker. Thus she combines the archetypes of otaku dream girl (ODG) and MILF1 into one. Her daughter was trained like Samurai Jack in the sacred arts at teh feet of all the masters and has become the greatest hacker of our generation. Here’s a panel from Part 2:
The funny thing about the ODG is that no analogue exists on the opposite side of the gender aisle. Is there an ODB (boy), of whom all otaku girls dream? In my experience, most of my even moderately geeky women friends preferred men completely outside their archetype. Otaku women tend to reserve otaku men for friends, not mates. There are of course exceptions to this rule, but the trend seems (anecdotally) solid.
the other random observation I have is that the general geek category has its own sub-taxonomy. XKCD is clearly a “hacker” comic, whereas Haibane.info is more solidly in the “otaku” camp. I’d classify Shamus as a Gamer, and there are also the Fantasy and Scifi camps (each with their own subgenres). But we are all united by the ur-label “geek”, and all of us dabble in the other genres. Maybe XKCD will notice this post linkback and do a comic on it.
No linky. If you dunno what this is, google it. Haibane.info is a kawaii-safe zone. Unrelated, anyone know a sexy plugin for footnotes? Now I’ve got Drupal envy.